June 13, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-09-19


“Start Me Up.” The Rolling Stones “Tattoo You” begins a nine-week run as the #1 album on the Billboard. 200.  1981

Linda Ronstadt’s “Living In The USA” is released and ships “double platinum” (two-million units). 1978

From “Black Gives Way To Blue,” Alice In Chains’ “Check My Brain” begins an eight-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart. 2009

The 30th anniversary Farm Aid show has Imagine Dragons, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews. Founded in ’85, this edition takes place at First Merit Bank Pavilion outside of Chicago. 2015


Lita Ford (born Carmelita Rosanna Ford) has a birthday. Following a stint in the Runaways (with Joan Jett) she embarks on a solo career highlighted by the hit “Kiss Me Deadly” (#12) and a Top 10 duet with Ozzy Osbourne, “Close My Eyes Forever.” 1958

Pulp founder and frontman Jarvis Branson Cocker has a birthday. 1963

Heavy Metal Thunder. Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” sells over a million copies. 1968

Police find cannabis growing on Paul McCartney’s farm. 1972

Gram Parsons of the Byrds and the Flying Burritos Brothers passes away in his motel room in Joshua Tree, CA. First, it’s claimed he died of heart failure, then an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. His body is stolen and cremated in the desert. Just plain weird. He was twenty-six and extremely talented. 1973

Eric Clapton gets a gold record for his cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff.” 1974

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Frank Zappa (Mothers Of Invention) testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee against the Parents Music Resource Center’s demand of warning labels on albums. “The PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises to keep the courts busy for years,” states Zappa.   1985

“Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?,” the second studio album by Megadeth, is released. Though recorded amidst internal strife, drummer Gar Samuelson and guitarist Chris Poland are soon fired, the album is often regarded as a Thrash Metal classic. 1986

Bob Seger’s “Face The Promise” album moves 150,000 copies in its first week to land at #4 on the Billboard 200. It’s the best debut of any Seger album. 2006

The Kings Of Leon roll out “Only By The Night.” The album runs from burning to frigid with the hit “Sex On Fire” and another song titled “Cold Desert.” 2008

Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker is seriously injured when his plane crashes during take-off following a free concert in West Columbia, SC (University of South Carolina). A blown tire is the suspected cause. Two members of Barker’s personal staff, the pilot and co-pilot, die in the accident. Barker and another passenger (DJ AM) survive by sliding down the craft’s wing. 2008

OK Go debut their “White Knuckles” video. In less than 24 hours, the ‘single-take clip’ passes the one-million views mark on YouTube. The video features the band and dogs in synchronized action. But it’s hard to tell who is better trained. 2010

It’s Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore, the musician’s hometown. A stretch of road is re-named Frank Zappa Way and a Zappa statue is dedicated. The ceremony is part of a week-long celebration of Zappa’s life. 2010

“The Clowns 3D with Music by Slash,” a maze attraction debuts during Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. “(I) was inspired to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood because they are the founders of creating extreme horror,” says Slash. 2014

Alice’s Attic and Thrift Store, owned by Alice Cooper, opens in Phoenix. Cooper, a self-confessed thrift store ‘shopaholic’ dedicates a portion of the proceeds to his Rock Teen Center. 2014

Bring Me The Horizon’s “That’s The Spirit” sits at #2 on The Billboard 200, moving 62,000 units in its first week, a best for the group. 2015

AFI ‘s Davey Havok is PETA2 Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity. The annual voting competition selects the sexiest vegetarian celebrities. 2017

Billboard announces that the 30th anniversary remaster of Metallica’s “Black Album” is #1 on the Top Rock Albums chart.  Selling 37,000 units the previous week the album also lands at #9 (up from #158) on the Billboard 200.  2021

Ozzy Osbourne’s “Patient Number 9,” lands at #2 on the U.K. Album chart. It’s the highest U.K. chart ranking of his career.  2022

Hollywood Undead are awarded 11 platinum or gold certifications from the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The songs “City,” “Young,” “Black Dahlia,” and “No. 5” from their ‘08 album Swan Songs”; “Comin’ In Hot,” “Hear Me Now” and “Bullet” off ‘11’s American Tragedy”; “We Are” from ‘12’s “Notes From The Underground” and “Day Of The Dead” from the ‘15 album of the same name receive gold awards (500,000 copies moved), while ‘08’s “Undead” and “Everywhere I Go” go platinum (one-million units). 2022